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Philip Shenon / New York Times:
DeLay, in First Court Appearance, Seeks a New Judge  —  AUSTIN, Tex., Oct. 21 - Representative Tom DeLay entered a criminal courtroom today for the first time to face his nemesis, the Texas county prosecutor who has charged with Mr. DeLay with money laundering and conspiracy …
RELATED ITEMS:   Delay Attorney Asks Judge To Step Aside
Suzanne Gamboa / Associated Press:
DeLay in Court; Lawyers Request New Judge
Chris Kromm / Facing South:
ESP wonder; newspapers channel Bush  —  (Note: Welcome all new-comers from Atrios, Pandagon, DKos and beyond.  Read through to at least Update IV — you won't be disappointed.  And feel free to read more about us.)  —  What do this newspaper editorial, this one, this one, and this one all have in common?
Time to close up this federal trough  —  One of the smartest things President Bush did to reduce recovery costs in the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita was to suspend Davis-Bacon Act rules in the hardest hit states.  But Congress is frantically trying to overrule the president …
Mark / Decision '08:
Blogger Conference Call: Craig Enoch and Jim Dyke  —  Patrick Ruffini continues his excellent work at the RNC; I've just got off the line of the second blogger conference call he has arranged (you can read about the first one here).  This time around, we spoke with former Texas Supreme Court …
Don Surber:   Buy Harriet  —  Just home from the second pro-Harriet Miers blogger conference call.
Ian / The Political Teen:
Blogger Conference Call With Texas SC Judges
The Anchoress:   Blogger/RNC call w/ Judge Enoch
ReddHedd / firedoglake:
Throw Judy From The Train  —  In advance of Public Editor Byron Calame's extensive article on the Judy escapade for Sunday's NYTimes, Bill Keller took his own case to the staff of the Times directly today.  Crooks and Liars has the text of the letter up here.
Crooks and Liars:   Breaking: A Message from Bill Keller
Associated Press:
Bush calls for immediate U.N. session on Syria  —  Report implicates Syria in death of Lebanese prime minister  —  (AP) — President George W. Bush on Friday called on the United Nations to convene a session as soon as possible to deal with a U.N. investigative report implicating Syrian officials …
Barry Schweid / Associated Press:
Bush Calls for U.N. Action Against Syria
Discussion: PunditGuy
Mary Curtius / Los Angeles Times:
Insider Condemns FEMA Response  —  Its lone representative in New Orleans as Katrina hit, he tells senators of maddening neglect.  —  WASHINGTON — The only FEMA employee to ride out Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans painted a grim portrait Thursday of an agency led by officials who were unprepared …
Discussion: Pacific Views and War and Piece
Mary Curtius / Chicago Tribune:   Official: FEMA failed in Katrina
Kathleen D. Tobin / Union Leader:
Sen. Judd Gregg wins $853K in Powerball  —  WASHINGTON — A quick stop at a New York Avenue gas station to fill up on his way to the Capitol proved to be a lucky stop for New Hampshire Sen. Judd Gregg.  —  Gregg, chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, was one of 47 Powerball lottery winners Wednesday …
Robyn Dixon / Los Angeles Times:
'I Will Eat Your Dollars'  —  To the cyber scammers in Nigeria who trawl for victims on the Internet, Americans are easy targets.  But one thief had second thoughts.  —  FESTAC, Nigeria — As patient as fishermen, the young men toil day and night, trawling for replies to the e-mails they shoot to strangers half a world away.
Los Angeles Times:
Bush Critic Became Target of Libby, Former Aides Say  —  Cheney's chief of staff reportedly sought an aggressive campaign against Wilson.  —  WASHINGTON — Vice President Dick Cheney's chief of staff was so angry about the public statements of former Ambassador Joseph C. Wilson IV …
Steve Clemons:
WOW!  Brent Scowcroft Lets it Rip (Like Larry Wilkerson) in Monday's New Yorker  —  The revered-in-tons-of-corners former National Security Advisor Brent Scowcroft definitively breaks ranks with the Bush administration in an article by nearly the same name, "Breaking Ranks," appearing in the upcoming Monday issue of The New Yorker.
Discussion: The Left Coaster
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
How Covert Was Valerie Plame?  —  The always astute Mickey Kaus argues (How Dems Could Blow Plamegate) that the Democrats should resist the temptation to turn the Plame investigation into a trial of the war in Iraq, and focus on the harm done to national security by the outing of a covert agent:
Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:
Bad News Turns Into Flood On Miers  —  This morning's news has administration aides choking on their morning coffee regarding the Harriet Miers nomination.  While the Wall Street Journal comes out in opposition to her confirmation and urges withdrawal, the New York Sun reports …
Ryan Lizza / The New Republic:
Beached Party  —  That was fast.  Last month, George W. Bush was the leader of the conservative movement.  This month, he's a traitor.  "I don't think that Bush was ever one of us," says Bruce Bartlett, the conservative columnist and former Reagan and Bush 41 official.  "And conservatives knew that.
Discussion: QandO and The American Scene
Deb Riechmann / Associated Press:
Bush Helps Dedicate Air Force One Exhibit  —  SIMI VALLEY, Calif. — President Bush on Friday helped dedicate a new Air Force One exhibit at Ronald Reagan's presidential library, calling the massive blue and white plane a "celebrated symbol of democracy and freedom."
National Review:
Senatorial Duties  —  Five days into White House "qualifications week" in making the case for Harriet Miers her nomination is looking weaker rather than stronger.  No matter how many times Scott McClellan says that she is "extremely well qualified" it doesn't make it so …
Glenn Reynolds /
IT'S THE SMELL OF TEXAS HOME COOKIN' — and I don't mean that beef stuff they pass off as barbecue.  —  UPDATE: The barbecue-related hatemail pours in: "The culinary delight that is Texas barbecue obviously exceeds your otherwise good taste.  May your in-box overflow until you take those hateful words back."

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